NEW YORK CITY—Samsung is behind with a second flagship for 2016, a Galaxy Note 7. It’s fundamentally a bigger Galaxy S7 with a stylus, nonetheless this year Samsung is adding an Iris scanner and finally upgrading to USB Type C.
Like Microsoft before it, Samsung’s selling dialect has had a bit of difficulty counting this year. After the Galaxy Note 5 in 2015, a association has totally skipped a Galaxy Note 6 and advanced to a Galaxy Note 7. The thought is that a Galaxy Note line will now line adult with a Galaxy S line—this year we’re removing a Galaxy S7 and Galaxy Note 7. (A word of warning for next year: don’t upset a Galaxy Note 8 with a Galaxy Note 8.0, a Samsung inscription from 2013.)
This doubles as likely a best approach to consider of a Galaxy Note 7: it’s a Galaxy S7, nonetheless a bit bigger. The pattern and materials are very tighten to a S7—the Note 7 is a glass-backed device with a steel frame, sporting a customary Samsung look. The specs are about a same, too, with a Snapdragon 820 (not the new 821), 4GB of RAM, and a 5.7-inch 2560×1440 AMOLED display. The Snapdragon is for a US market. Internationally, Samsung is again regulating an Exynos chip.
Sticking with 4GB of RAM is a small startling given that a $400 OnePlus 3 is sporting a whopping 6GB of RAM. Samsung isn’t articulate pricing for a Note line, nonetheless ATT has a inclination listed for $880. Paying a reward should pledge we a top specs out there, nonetheless that’s apparently not a box for a Note line this year. One ascent over a S7 is Gorilla Glass 5, that Corning claims will tarry a shoulder-height dump 80 percent of a time.
The Galaxy Note 7 is inheriting a S7’s “Edge” design, where a straight edges of a shade bend down slightly. This year a bend is some-more subtile than ever—we theory that too pointy of a bend would throng out space for a S-Pen, that still gets stored inside a phone on a really edge. Like a Note 5, a behind is also curved, making it a littler easier to hang your fingers around a vast device. The front and behind curves are indeed exquisite now, and while we’re not certain if this is a reason, a Note 7 feels good to hold. Unlike a Galaxy S7, Samsung is seems committed to a “Edge” various on a Note 7. There is no prosaic version.
The new device will also boat with Android 6.0 Marshmallow since Android 7.0 Nougat isn’t utterly prepared yet. There’s a 3500mAh non-replaceable battery, 64GB of storage is standard, and we haven’t listened of any aloft storage SKUs. Storage junkies will at slightest be happy with the microSD slot. The battery is a small slim—the 5.5-inch Galaxy S7 Edge was a smaller phone with a bigger 3600mAh battery. We theory a Note is losing some extract interjection to a S-Pen storage.
The behind has a 12MP camera with twin LED flash, that Samsung says is a same sensor as a Galaxy S7. Samsung is still adhering with that fingertip heart rate sensor, that sits usually next a LED. On a front is a 5MP camera. Samsung Pay is back, too, as is a IP68 H2O resistance.
This year’s title grabbing feature is an iris scanner, that has been incorporated into a front of a device. The iris scanner adds a large infrared LED to a front and a second front confronting camera that is apart from a selfie-cam. The LED shoots infrared light into your eye, that a camera uses to review the patterns in your iris. The iris scanner seems like something out of scholarship fiction, and Samsung’s program entirely plays adult this fact with several eyeball overlays. One looks like it’s desirous by Minority Report, and a other looks like a span of Dragon Ball Z scouters.
The iris scanner sticks really closely to a format of that other biometric confidence feature: a fingerprint scanner. You sight it for your eyeball, and we can afterwards use it as a delegate close shade password, a remuneration authenticator, or for Samsung’s new password-protected app feature.
While we usually got to try it once or twice, it seemed really fast. It also didn’t seem to offer any advantages over a fingerprint scanner. If anything, iris scanning was slower than a fingerprint scanner given we have to spin on a phone, appropriate adult on a screen, and aim it during your eye. The approval was near-instant, nonetheless removing to that indicate is slower than a press-and-hold technique of a fingerprint scanner. A fingerprint scanner can also be triggered from a slot nonetheless looking and doesn’t have to be “aimed” during anything in particular.
The Note 7 continues a spring-loaded auto-ejecting S-Pen pattern that debuted on a Galaxy Note 5—just press it in and it will open out. The Galaxy Note 5 got in a bit of prohibited H2O final year after users found out that a S-Pen could be put in backwards, where it would get stranded in a device. This year you can still put a coop in backwards, nonetheless it usually seems to go in about half an inch. The coop didn’t get stuck.
On a program side of things, Samsung’s innumerable of S-Pen apps have been joined into a singular “Samsung Notes” app, where we can take records or draw. TouchWiz has been given nonetheless another cloak of paint, nonetheless it doesn’t demeanour like too most of a depart from past versions. One new underline is a F.lux-style night mode that turns a shade yellow when it’s dim out. Some people find this easier to review during night.
The new Gear VR
With a Galaxy S7, Samsung was a final vital flagship to hang with a MicroUSB port. And with a Note 7, the company is finally upgrading to a reversible USB Type-C port, that is a good improvement. The reason for Samsung’s Type-C holdout was that changing a pier would meant violation harmony with the Gear VR, Samsung’s smartphone-powered VR headset. So with a change to Type-C comes a new Gear VR with a Type C port. This new Gear VR isn’t usually for Type-C inclination though, an adapter will let it work with MicroUSB devices as well.
The new Gear VR—which Samsung again co-developed with Oculus—now has a 101 grade margin of view. This is a small upgrade from a 96 grade FoV in a prior version, nonetheless it still isn’t on standard with the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Like a second Gear VR, a new version has a singular tag that goes around a behind of a head.
This year Samsung finds itself in a center of a bit of an ecosystem territory war. The Gear VR was co-developed with Oculus, so of march it has a Oculus Store for VR content. But this is also an Android device, and this year Google announced a possess VR height called “Daydream.” Daydream was mostly about democratizing and open sourcing a lot of a same techniques Samsung and Oculus implemented on a Gear VR. Samsung is still adhering with Oculus, nonetheless it isn’t opposite carrying a Daydream concordant device. The association told us Google’s specs usually aren’t prepared yet.
The Galaxy Note 7 comes in black, silver, gold and blue, and it should start shipping Aug 19. Preorders from a carriers should start any day (any minute?) now.